Bats Go Cold for the No. 13 Trojans, Fall 8-5 in 10 Innings to Utah|
May 3, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The No. 13 Trojans jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to hold on, as the offense went cold after the fifth inning and Utah scored five unanswered runs to defeat the Trojans 8-5 in 10-inning, walk-off fashion on Sunday afternoon at Smith's Ballpark.
The Trojans (32-14, 13-8) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, as Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) led off the game with a single, then he stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. A one-out single by Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) brought home Stahel to put the Trojans ahead 1-0 and then a double by Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) that split the gap in left center plated Robinson from first to put the Trojans ahead 2-0.
Trojan starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) cruised through the first inning and then allowed the lead off man to reach for the Utes (15-27, 7-14 Pac-12) in the second, third and fourth innings. They tallied one run in the second and another two in the third to make the score 4-3 after the Trojans scored two of their own in the top of the third.
After a thirty minute lightning delay with two on and two down in the bottom of the fourth inning, Hart returned to the mound to get Scaggari to line out to La Bruna at short to end the threat.
The Trojan offense answered after the delay to chase Ute starter Jayson Rose, adding one more run in the fifth after Robinson led off with a single, Flores drew a walk and AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) singled to bring home Robinson and make the score 5-1.
However, the Trojan bats went cold after the fifth inning, as the Ute pitching staff did not allow the Trojans another hit. Bret Helton, who entered in the fifth to get the Utes out of the jam, went four complete innings, walking just two and striking out two, and fellow reliever Brock Duke, who eventually got the win, went two hitless innings with two strikeouts.
The Utes tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Cody Scaggari came up with two on and one out to face new pitcher Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS), who was lifted after reliever Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) went 3.1 innings. Scaggari singled in the game-tying run, but Davis was able to get out of the jam for the time being with a 5-3 double play.
After the Trojans were retired in order in the top of the 10th inning, the Utes got a leadoff single and then sacrificed the game-winning run over to second. The Trojans intentionally walked Wade Gulden to set up the double play, but pinch hitter Biss Larson hit a towering home run to left field to plate three and give the Utes the walk-off victory, 8-5.
The Trojans will regroup and head back to Dedeaux Field, where they host UC Irvine on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.